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  • Sharp uniforms project competence during inspections

    In early June, the 11th Wing will undergo a comprehensive Unit Compliance Inspection (UCI). At that time, experts from many different functional areas will arrive here at Joint Base Andrews to evaluate our processes and procedures to verify our compliance with established laws, directives and instructions. Like you, I have begun to pour over my
  • Donate to CFC; lend someone a helping hand

    As we find ourselves in holiday season mode, it's understandable that our minds are filled with typical festive issues like: "Can I get away with wearing elastic waistband pants to Thanksgiving dinner?" "I hope the photos from the office holiday party don't make it to Facebook." "Hopefully my granddaughter got rid of her nose ring."The point is
  • The Final Flight of Master Sgt. Lamar Robinson

    On Aug. 22 2010, I learned that Master Sgt. Lamar Robinson, an active duty Air Force security forces member, was killed in a motorcycle accident in the Washington, D.C., area. Sergeant Robinson served on active duty for 17 years. He loved his job, family and life itself. As a Defender stationed at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., he had the
  • The Final Flight of Master Sgt. Lamar Robinson

    On Aug. 22 2010, I learned that Master Sgt. Lamar Robinson, an active duty Air Force security forces member, was killed in a motorcycle accident in the Washington, D.C., area. Sergeant Robinson served on active duty for 17 years. He loved his job, family and life itself. As a Defender stationed at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., he had the
  • Lead from Behind

    As summer slips away and you start packing away the beach gear, it's a great time to take a good hard look at your organization. While spring may be the best time for cleaning, the fall is a perfect time to focus on organizational preparedness. I'd like to share a couple of thoughts on how to approach improving a unit's ability to consistently
  • An opportunity to serve

    Recently I had the opportunity to serve overseas and directly support our efforts in the Central Command Area of Responsibility at one of the largest and most active bases in the world. While I have 27 years of service with the Air Force, this was my first chance to deploy for any significant amount of time.So I prepared in advance (as much as
  • A DUI affects career, friends, families

    Even after all the tales of tragedy and loss where people are injured or killed by drunk drivers, people still drive under the influence.In the military and on Joint Base Andrews, the consequences for driving under the influence are severe and have lasting effects that could follow an offender to the end of their career."The repercussions for
  • Air National Guard - proud to be members of Team Andrews

    On the northeast side of the base sits a large, two-building, four-story complex called the Air National Guard Readiness Center (ANGRC - you've seen it on the signs). What was once a purely militia force (oneweekend a month, two weeks a year) has transformed into an operational component with our own four-star general: the director of the ANG. My
  • Hard work: Can others see it on you?

    To borrow an often quoted preamble, "So there I was ..." I found myself on stage at a practice for the promotion and recognition ceremony at our deployed base. One of the promotees, a young airman 1st class, wore an oil (or some other lubricant) stained uniform and boots. I studied this young man and listened to the script to hear where he worked.
  • Mentorship grooms Airmen into leaders

    Recently, our squadron completed a unit climate assessment. While most aspects of the assessment were positive, I noted that a few of the younger Airmen in the squadron felt they had no clearly defined "mentor" available to them. The operations tempo in our squadron is extremely demanding and volatile, but the men and women of the mighty 99th
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